Webber Demoted To Back Of Grid

Red Bull’s Mark Webber has been sent to the back of the grid for failing to provide an adequate fuel sample after Qualifying.

During the Q2 session in China, the Aussie set a base lap before being told to pull over as his Red Bull could no longer supply the engine with fuel. Pulling into a marshall area, the 36-year-old climbed from his car and waved to the crowd but kept a smile on his face.

By the end of the session, he was 14th meaning he could not progress to the Q3 session and he would start from P14. However, stewards failed to take an adequate fuel sample from the RB9 meaning Webber will now start the Grand Prix from 22nd – and last. The required sample is at least one litre – Mark Webber had merely 150ml! Red Bull’s line is that “A fuel bowser problem caused an incorrect fuel measurement to be delivered to Mark’s car”.

Mark Webber is no stranger to storming the grid in China though. In 2011, Pastor Maldonado bumped him out of Q1 and relegated him to 18th and the knockout zone. This left the Aussie scrambling through the grid to finish on the podium. Can he make it from 22nd to 3rd tomorrow?

Also, Webber’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel had a similar problem in Abu Dhabi where he was disqualified from Qualifying when he failed to supply enough fuel for an ample sample. He too stormed the grid – from 24th – and finished 2nd.

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